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Local college band breaking the silence after 10 years

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 3:50pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 7:51pm

After 10 years of silence, the Jarvis Christian College band returns loud and clear. "This is a very unique opportunity for me, nobody knows about this band, and we can create a special thing in east Texas," said Emmanuel Scales Sr., band director. Scales said he has been conducting the bulldog's band back to full crescendo.

So far, 20 members will be making their debut at a campus festival, and will continue to play at sporting events. "I plan on building a great band at Jarvis and people will come to know the names in the next coming weeks, year, months and years," said Scales.

He also said he's been able to recruitment better because of the scholarships he has been able to reward to students. Freshmen band member Tony Wright was awarded a scholarship, and said he's anxious for the performances. "We've got a lot of work to do because I know we're going to have to start from scratch and go from there. Its going to take some time," said Wright.

However, he told KETK he is thankful his passion is paying for his schooling. Wright said, "reaching a new level on my instrument, being better than I was before, and gaining college experience, you know, as a freshman being introduced to a lot of new things."

The band is still accepting new members, click here to find out more information. They will also have their first performance this fall at 'Jarvis Fest.'

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